Dyspareunia – An overview

Christian DADAK MD,Ph.D.
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics Division of General Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Dyspareunia is a well-known disease, it is however difficult to determine the origins of pain. More than 200 diagnoses are associated with pelvic pain and pain during sexual inter- course. A multifactorial etiology of the pains is common.
The possible sources cover a wide field, ranging from anatomical disorders to psycholo- gical and social problems.
The incidence of pain lies between 8 to 22% (Latthe P 2006). Pain can be acute or chro- nic, light or severe, occur suddenly or life-long, in every sexual position or only in one, merely with a specific partner or with all partners.
Sexual pain influences women’s health, relationships, quality of life, and work.
dyspareunia, sexual pain, vulvodynia

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